Jude started out in the Textile world as a technical intern in the Textile research & development division of the Firestone Tire Co. From there he went on to manage a large composite textile mill in Asia where he mastered spinning, weaving, dyeing, and apparel production. He eventually moved to Vancouver and established J.N. Alvit Ltd, a global denim supply chain manager, and began working with major denim retailers in North America. Jude’s affinity for creative work with denim drew him to Los Angeles where he would expand his manufacturing base for handcrafted jeans. It is here that he honed his washing and processing skills with some of the world’s best denim laundries.
After 27 years designing for private denim labels, Jude Neale crafted his own denim line, merging his decades of experience and skill with his timeless passion to create a denim brand, unlike any other.
DRIVEN BY PURPOSE
In the early 90’s Jude was among the few that pioneered acid wash. Demand outpaced supply and there weren’t too many rules as such, there was a lot of freedom with how we processed denim. The effects that our work had on people and the environment became evident years later. Processes like sandblasting, pumice stone washes, acid washes, and effluent discharges which damaged our environment were largely overlooked. Cost took precedence over means. Feeling very strongly about this Jude launched his namesake brand Jude Neale that would reflect the change we need in how jeans are made. We understand that we cannot change the world but we know that we can take steps to change how we do things.
THE PRODUCTION BASE
Our factories are state of the art units and managed by J.N. Alvit Ltd a global denim supply chain manager. The network is strictly vetted for Social compliance and work safe environment, the units are also vetted by our testing partners Burueau Veritas and SGS lab to ensure laundries and processing units meet current environmental standards.
THE GREEN CYCLONE
We want Jude Denim to be a brand that reflects the change in how jeans are made, to design and manufacture jeans as if the people that make it and the place where we make it matters. Our team of artisans come to work each day knowing only how to make the best jeans and in doing so we aspire to do no harm but benefit all. 27 years of experience in the field has given us the edge when it comes to deploying cutting-edge eco- sustainable techniques in our processing plants. Recycling 80% of the water we use, incorporating ozone waterless bleach processing and recapturing oxidizing agents used in the process are some of our intensive efforts to craft jeans with the smallest environmental footprint.
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